Employers have a duty of care in the recruitment process to ensure safe conduct of business. You need to protect your organisation’s assets and keep your employees and anyone who comes into contact with your business safe. Police checks help mitigate risk by giving you information on criminal convictions that may prevent an applicant from being able to perform the inherent requirements of the job.
A National Police Check contains a summary of a person’s police history information in Australia. This includes all findings of guilt unless spent. Whether a finding is spent will depend on state and federal legislation, but generally a spent finding is a criminal offence older than 5 years if convicted as a child, or an offence older than 10 years in any other case.
This Certificate is current as of the date of issue. As it is a point in time check, there is no associated validity period. It is at the employer’s discretion to regulate what period of time a Police Check is valid.
In most of the of cases, you will receive your certificate within 1-2 hours. In other cases, 1-2 business days after submitting your application. In rare cases, the check may take up to 10 days to be returned. We can only process your application once we have received all valid documents (signed Informed Consent Form and 100 points of Identification Documents).
No, the Working with Children (WWC) Check and a Police Check are different certificates. InfoTrack only provides a Nationa Police Check.
You must be over 16 years of age to order a Police Check, anyone under the age of 18 years must have the consent of a parent, guardian or legal representative.
Other than checks for police investigation/prosecution purposes no-one is permitted to check another person’s police record without their consent. For other purposes such as employment, can only be done with the signed consent of the individual.
• Signed Informed Consent
• 100 points of Identification Documents
|75 points documents - Only one form of identification from this category||• Birth Certificate
• Australian or international Passport (Current, or expired within the previous two years, but not canceled)
• Australian Citizenship Certificate
• Other documents of identity having same characteristics as a passport
|40 points documents - Any additional documents will be awarded 25 points each||
•Working with Children/Teachers Registration Card
|25 points documents - Supplementary||
• Birth Extract
No one is permitted to check another person’s police record without that person’s consent. Individuals have the right to privacy and freedom from discrimination. The relevant legislation is Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2006, Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014: Organisations, Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) and the Australian Human Rights Commission Regulations 1989 (Cth).
You should give the applicant an opportunity to address their criminal record and explain the circumstances surrounding any convictions. Each case should be decided in its individual context in relation to the position, your organisation’s policies and any applicable anti-discrimination guidelines. Factors that you might consider include:
For more information, you can refer to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Guidelines for the Prevention of Discrimination in employment on the Basis of Criminal Record.